Reservation agitation: Over 60 Telangana advocates arrested

The Telangana advocates are demanding 42% share for region in the appointments of law officers.

Updated: Sep 17, 2010, 22:21 PM IST

Hyderabad: Tension prevailed on Friday at the Andhra Pradesh High Court with police arresting over 60 Telangana lawyers after they tried to barge into the court premises and forcibly removing three others, who had been on fast for the last four days.

More than 60 Telangana advocates, who are demanding 42 percent share for the region in the appointments of law officers, were arrested as they tried to violate the decision of the
Standing Committee constituted by the High Court that prohibited dharnas, sloganeering and agitation in the court premises, officials said.

The advocates allegedly tried to manhandle the policemen on duty, contending that the Standing Committee directions were not judicial orders and they will not abide by them.

However, police personnel who were present in large numbers overpowered the agitators, arrested some of them and took them outside the court premises.

In the melee, a cameraman of a television channel was allegedly assaulted by the policemen and his camera was also damaged in the incident.

Commenting on the incident a senior police officer said they will register a case and will identify those behind the incident.

As part of the protest, the Telangana advocate took out a rally from Namaplly to the High Court and tried to barge into the court demanding that they be allowed inside its premises.

Meanwhile, scores of Telanagana advocates also held a sit-in near the court premises in support of their demand.

The police also forcibly removed three agitators who had been on an indefinite hunger strike since Tuesday from outside the court.

PTI